Anxiety can rob us of the enjoyment of life. The causes of anxiety are numerous: health, work (or lack of it), finances (debt, unpaid bills and so on) and much else besides. Some of the biggest causes of anxiety are those dealt with in today’s New Testament passage: relationships, marriage (or lack of it), sex (or lack of it), singleness and divorce.
In our Old Testament passage, the book of Ecclesiastes suggests that much of the anxiety we experience is caused by something deeper. This could be described as the anxiety of meaninglessness. In the midst of all this, we are called to live in peace.
1. Seek consolation in the midst of anxiety
Do you know what it is like to experience ‘great anxiety’ (v.19a)?
The psalmist certainly did. He writes, ‘You grant … relief from days of trouble … When I said, “My foot is slipping,”…
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